4 Family Water Activities Not To Miss When in Naples, Florida

When partaking in some much-needed fun in the sun while vacationing in Southwest Florida, the options can seem limitless! With so many amazing sites to see and adventures to experience, narrowing down the day’s activity isn’t always the easiest choice. We have all been there! Of all the experiences Naples, Florida has to offer, these 4 are the ones you won’t want to miss out on. Don’t leave the sunshine state without grasping these memories!

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Miss Naples Catamaran

All aboard! Sail the beautiful waters of the Gulf Coast in style aboard this beautiful 48′ Catamaran for your choice of a sunset cruise, beach shelling, or sightseeing through Naples Bay, Port Royale, and the Gulf of Mexico. Experience the jaw-dropping beauty of the multi-million dollar homes lining the Gulf of Mexico and Port Royale while keeping your camera on hand and an eye out for some aquatic friends tagging along.

From dolphins to manatees, to schools of fish and turtles, you never know which playful sea animal might pop in to say hey! Hungry or thirsty? Not to worry. A vast selection of drinks and snacks are available for purchase onboard the ship. Kick back and relax on the deck or in the shade and enjoy this fully customized Catamaran experience as you take in the natural beauty Naples has to offer while absorbing the serene experience.

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Quick Details:

Sunset Cruise

  • Boarding / Cruising time may vary, check the calendar for daily departures.
  • Adult price: $34.50* / Child price: $14.50* (ages 3-11) Ages 2 and under are free.
  • *Price does not include port charge or tax.
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Beach Shelling Cruise

  • Boarding time @ 8:30 am , Cruising time from 9 am to 12 pm
  • Adult price: $39.50* / Child price: $14.50* (ages 3-11) Ages 2 and under are free.
  • *Price does not include port charge or tax.
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Sightseeing Cruise

  • Boarding time: @ 12:30 pm , Cruising time from 1 pm to 3 pm
  • Adult price: $29.50* / Child price: $12.50* (ages 3-11) Ages 2 and under are free.
  • *Price does not include port charge or tax.
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Wild Florida Ecotours

Spend the day exploring the uninhabited islands south of Marco Island on this one-of-a-kind tour. Wild Florida Ecotours is an excursion for everyone in the family! From nature or shelling tours to kayak excursions assisted by boat, to fishing charters, these tours have the potential to be both fun and educational. With an abundance of aquatic wildlife throughout the Everglades, these territories are not explored often, making for quite the experience out in the tropical mangrove forests. Take your pick of how you wish to spend your afternoon in the Everglades. Whether you want to kayak, fish, collect shells, or simply kick back and relax while learning about this abundant ecosystem, the choice is all yours on this custom tour.

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Adventure Option Details:

  • 2.5 hour Nature Tour: Stay on the boat while basking in the sun and spectacular views of scenery, wildlife, and fun that the Everglades have to offer. / $40 – $55.
  • 3.5 hour Island Shelling Tour: All of the above plus a stop along the way to pick up some souvenir shells on a remote beach. / $54 – $69.
  • 4.5, 6, or 8-hour Fishing Adventure: Climb aboard with Captain Jimmy to bring home a yummy dinner, hand caught! / Starting at $495.
  • 3 hour Boat Assisted Kayaking: Includes transportation of both yourself and your kayaks to the Mangrove forests and Bays for a day of fun on the water and neighboring islands
  • 2 – 2.5 hour Guided Kayak Tour: An educational tour from the Port of the Island docks.

Rising Tide Tours

Mangrove & Mudflats

Paddle through the Rookery Bay Reserve hand and hand with local biologists at Rising Tide as you learn of the depth of this intricate ecosystem. Explore an estuary, learn about mangroves and their importance, witness firsthand how nature goes about its day. Paddle under the moonlight to top it all off on this guided tour through paradise.

Whether you are a pro or a beginner, this tour has a little something for everyone. Choose between riding solo on a single kayak or opting for tandem style while embarking on this journey to visit stops along the way such as mangrove tunnels, teeming mudflats, and oyster reefs unlike you have ever seen before. Interact with wildlife from starfish to snails, to hermit crabs, to sea urchins, to manatees, and so much more.

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Quick Details:

  • Capacity: 1 – 12 passengers
  • Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours
  • Launch information: 9:00 a.m & 12:30 p.m. Daily (12:30 p.m. tour CLOSED FOR SUMMER) from Island of Capri Paddecraft Park Naples, FL.
  • Adult price: $65 / Child price: $55

Sunset Bird Rookery Tour

Experience an evening in the estuary as you explore the backwaters of the Rookery Bay Reserve after hours. As the sun sets, the wildlife comes out to play. Visit two Bird Rookery Islands while on this tour while accompanied by biologist guides to take in the beautiful sites while learning about the nesting habits and migration patterns of each species inhibited here. See birds such as pelicans, anhingas, nesting herons, and much more as they return to their homes in the Reserve after a long day of feeding and exploring. These spectacular birds aren’t the only animals you will have the pleasure of seeing up close! Keep your eyes peeled for other wildlife such as manatees, dolphins, and many others. There is no telling what you might see on this magnificent tour!

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Quick Details:

  • Capacity: 1 – 12 passengers
  • Duration: 2 – 2.5 hours
  • Launch information: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays @ 4:30 pm (time varies by season) from Shell Island Road Boat Launch.
  • Adult price: $75 / Child price: $65

A trip to south Florida should be a relaxing, memory-filled, and all-around beautiful experience. Don’t let the stress of planning your limited days in the sunshine state get the best of you; rather, let us be your guide! These are just a mere 4 of the countless activities Southwest Florida has to offer you. Trust us, you do not want to miss these. Take with you both memories and unique souvenirs such as shells and knowledge before being on your way. These activities will leave you with a sense of peace and connectedness to the world that you have been craving. Don’t live with the regret of missing out on these experiences!


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